Oyo/Osun Customs rake in N16b in 11 months

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Yemisi Ajayi,Ibadan

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Oyo/Osun Area Command yesterday said that it has generated a sum of N16,182,206,265 from  January to November, 2017.

Briefing journalists at the Area Command headquarters in Ibadan, the Area Controller, Mr. David Chikan, said the revenue is 19.48 per cent higher than that of last year which was N13,543,802,589:3k within the same period.

According to Mr. Chikan, the increase in revenue generation is a strong indication that the command is doing well.

In its anti-smuggling and enforcement, the area controller stated that during the same period, it made a total of 111 seizures with a duty paid value of N210,188,134:24k.

According to the Customs boss, during the months of November and December, 2017 the command seized 2,370 (50kg) of foreign rice, 135 bales of used clothes and 1,000 pieces of used tyres being conveyed by Truck, Trailers and others.

Other items seized were one used AUDI 80 and a used Toyota Corolla.

The Controller said : “The total duty paid value of the seized items is N64,183,004.77k. Four suspects were arrested who would be charged to court soon. Most of these goods were conveyed in Trucks and other vehicles meant for legitimate businesses and conveyance of commuters”.

He commended the efforts of the officers and men who worked tirelessly to achieve the feat, adding NCS has no reason not to perform because the Comptroller General of Customs,Col.Hameed Ali (retired), has provided the service with enabling tools and environment to perform.

Maintaining that all genuine importers and exporters within the command would have the support of the Service in facilitating their businesses, the Customs chief reiterated that the ban on the importation of rice and used cars through the nation’s land borders still in force.

While wishing the newsmen a merry Christmas and prosperous new year,he urged them to not to relent in helping the agency educating and informing the public about the ills of smuggling.

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